As part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market (‘DSM’) strategy, a couple of weeks ago the Commission published a Communication to a whole host of other EU institutions (including the Parliament and the Council as well as the ECSC and the Committee of the Regions), setting out its Information Communication Technology (‘ICT’) standardisation priorities.

The objective is to ensure that ICT standards in Europe and globally facilitate the interoperability of digital technologies, which the Communication regards as essential for an effective DSM. To help achieve this the Commission intends to focus on improving standards in five strategic areas: 5G, cloud computing, internet of things, data technologies, and cybersecurity.

So what happens now?

The Commission intends to:

  • Take steps to improve the efficiency of the standard-setting process by working with the wider standard-setting community.
  • Regularly review and monitor progress for updating ICT standards.
  • Improve EU financial support for standard setting.
  • Ensure fair and non-discriminatory access to standards.
  • Strengthen the EU presence in international cooperation on ICT standards, in particular with the US, China, Japan and South Korea.